Outdoor Grilling Safety

As milder temperatures set in, many people begin to grill outdoors. To make the most out of your grilling season and keep everyone safe, review the user’s manual and safety instructions that came with your grill. And, before firing up your grill after a winter’s rest, take a few minutes to inspect it for any loose wires, bolts, or knobs. The following safety tips can help reduce injury and ensure you have a safer grilling season:

  • Never leave the grill unattended.
  • If you use a propane-powered grill, check for any leaks around the connection between the tank and the grill.
    • If you cannot detect any leaks through smell, try the “bubble test.”
      • Apply a soap and water solution to the hose and watch for bubbles, which indicates a leak.
      • If the leak stops, have the grill serviced by a professional before using it.
      • If the leak continues, call the fire department.
    • If you smell gas while cooking, do not move the grill. Rather evacuate everyone from the grilling area and call the fire department immediately.
  • Place the grill at least 10 feet away from your house and make sure it is not directly underneath eaves or tree branches.
  • Do not wear loose clothing (e.g. aprons) that might get caught in or on any part of the grill.
  • Keep children and pets away from the grilling area.
  • Never add charcoal fluid or other flammable liquids to the fire.
  • If using a charcoal grill, allow the coals to completely cool before removing them. Always dispose of used charcoal in a metal container.